V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to cause trouble or stir up rebellion; 2. to promote growth or development; 3. to lessen pain by bathing in warm water
Synonyms: stir up, promote, evoke, incite, instigate, abet
Antonyms: repress, suppress, quell
Tips: Foment is often used in business when speaking about promoting growth or development. In politics, foment is often used more negatively as a more sophisticated way of saying "incite," or "cause trouble." Both definitions and uses stem from stimulating or inducing a response, whether it is promoting growth and development or inciting outrage and trouble.
I believe that the new technology will foment our industry and create positive change. (stir up, promote)
Henry filed the law suit, not because he needed the money, but because he wanted to foment trouble for his former employer. (incite, stir up)
I was afraid that the letter might foment more tension, so I didn't send it. (evoke, incite)
The activist hoped that her impassioned speech would foment positive change in the community. (promote, evoke)
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